Guymon Fun Fly
by Amanda Coke November 11, 2019Sorry for the late post... Technical issues!! A wrong turn in the middle of the Oklahoma Panhandle brought some history to the Guymon Fun Fly in September. A cold front and high winds on Sunday did not keep 12 pilots from showing up ready to tear up the skies at Guymon Flying Tigers RC Club. There was a wide variety of planes and a really neat jet. The club had several awesome raffles such as P-51, Super Tiger and a Chipmunk.Lunch was an out of this world hamburger, french fries and homemade cobbler.
The maintenance crew for the Commemorative Airforce's B-17G,“Texas Raiders” that is stationed out of Conroe Texas. Took a wrong turn and made a memorable visit to Lear Field.One of the guys, Paul Bienvenu, The Woodlands TX, saw the P-51 that was one of our three Fun Fly pilots’ drawings, fell in love with it, and registered.Sunday came with good news that Paul had won the P-51.The P-51 will escort the Texas Raiders B-17G from here to El Reno Ok via being in the tail section of the B-17G.
Fort Bend RC Club PAWS and Planes
by Lawrence Harville June 19, 2019Fort Bend RC Club
This past weekend, on June 15, we held a major fundraising
community-service event. We hosted the Fort Bend Animal Services
Department’s pet adoption program in a fly-in we called “PAWS and
Planes.” PAWS is an acronym for Pets Are Worth Saving, a program
championed by our county’s Commissioner Vincent Morales. Commissioner
Morales is important to our club since our facility is on a county-owned
landfill as part of their reclamation program. He and Animal Services’
Barbara Vass addressed our event’s gathering at the beginning of the
event, stating their program is aiming for zero-euthanasia, and is well
on its way.
The fundraiser received direct donations to the PAWS program by members
and guests, generated funds from the raffling of gift baskets, and took
in money selling our fresh grilled ground sirloin burgers, chips and
drinks. Barbara Vass was very pleased with the outcome, as indicated
in the newspaper article.
Our Fort Bend Radio Control Club also achieved its desired objective of
community exposure with the goal of demonstrating the enjoyment of safe
R/C flying in hopes of increasing our membership. Several guests
indicated their interest in joining our FBRC and AMA.
You will find enclosed several jpg files of our event, including two
newspaper articles and several photos of the event to show its scale.
I have already submitted some of this information to Mandee Mikulski to
support our application for the AMA Club Recognition and Reward Program.
I promise to be responsive to any questions you may have in regards to
this most successful event.
Fort Bend RC Club Giant Scale Aerobatic/3D Fly In
by Benny Behrens June 15, 2019On Saturday June 8, 2019 I had the pleasure to attend Fort Bend RC Club’s Giant Scale Aerobatic/3D Fly In. Fort Bend’s field is located in Rosenberg, Texas (southwest of Houston).
The event was well attended by pilots and spectators and most of all some first class airplanes and flying. Fort Bend RC has a very nice facility including air-conditioned club house, restrooms, covered shade area and paved runways.
The weather was great which allowed pilots to fly most anything they had all day long. This was a nice change from earlier in the year when several other events were cancelled or postponed.
I believe everyone enjoyed the day, the food and the flying. It was a safe and well done event…Thanks to all the volunteers that put it together…Benny
Richardson Radio Control Club Spring Fun Fly
by Johnny Hunt March 13, 2019Let’s get out there and support this clubs that on this events. Whether you fly at the event are not come on out and meet new people.tap on my fun fly events and see flyer it’s on March 30 2019.
EPRC Flying Cupids
by Tom Holmsley February 27, 2019The El Paso Radio Controllers held their "Flying Cupids" Fun-Fly and Swap Meet on February 9, 2019 at Patriot Field, their home field. The events were timed loops, timed flight, and spot landing. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place medallions, donated by Ray Welch, were presented to the winners. Congratulations to Rick Quast, the over all champion. There was also a raffle for a P-47 donated be Ray Welch and won by Tony Lovett, and a P-51 UMX donated by Phil Gibson, won by Kevin Parker. An added attraction was firing paint balls at a MIG-27 piloted by Bobby Avvacato. Tony Lovett scored the only hit on this plane.
All this was topped off with tasty brisquet, baked beans, chips and a drink.
It was a very fun day for everyone with perfect weather.
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| ||Kevin Parker, Rick Quast(Champion), Tony Lovett, Eric Truster, Guy Barber|| ||Paint Ball Squadron, Tony Lovett scored only hit, Bobby Avvacato, pilot.|| |
New At This!!
by Stan Kopreski January 28, 2019This is my first post, and I am still learning how to use this page.. BUT, stay tuned, I intend to catch you up on the 2018 events that were held in Central Arkansas.. As of this writing, it looks like I will be covering as much of Dist VIII as I can this year..I mostly fly scale helicopters and also scale planes, from small electrics to large gassers.
If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me.. Usually 9am till 8pm
Horizon City R/C Flyers Memorial Fly-In
by Tom Holmsley December 20, 2018On October 28, 2018, the Horizon City R/C Flyers Club hosted their Memorial Fun-In to remember club members who have taken their final flight. Great weather and good participation made this a very enjoyable event which included not only airplanes, but rockets as well. It was a nice tribute to those who have passed away.
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El Paso Radio Controllers Ray Hall Fun Fly
by Tom Holmsley September 17, 2018The El Paso Radio Controllers held their Annual Ray Hall event on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Participation was outstanding with the clubs from Alamogordo, Horizon City, and El Paso represented.
Military Flying awards went to:
1st, Michael Morgan, Corsair, Horizon
2nd, Tony Lovette, P-47,El Paso
3rd, Oliver Bimberg, DR-1, Horizon.
Civilian awards went to:
1st, Todd Penka, Piper Tri-Pacer, Alamogordo
2nd, Phil Gibson, Cessna 150, El Paso
3rd, Ernie Morris, Stinson Reliant, Alamogordo
There were many other awards including several for static display.
The support team was large and included organizers, judges and great cooks who presented a fabulous meal.
This was a fun day and a great tribute to our hobby.
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El Paso Radio Controllers Meet for Model Aviation Day August 11, 2018
by Tom Holmsley August 12, 2018The El Paso Radio Controllers met to celebrate Model Aviation Day, and it was a fun time for all. There was a lunch and raffle and good flying. Not only did regular members participate, but there were a number of visitors as well. It was a great day to celebrate our great hobby.
Mesilla Valley RC Association Fun Fly
by Tom Holmsley July 30, 2018On June 9, 2018, the Mesilla Valley RC Association held a Fun Fly at their field in Las Cruces, New Mexico. There was a lot of activity with fliers coming from Alamogordo, El Paso, and Horizon City. There were awards for Pilots Choice, People's Choice, and a Contest Director's Award. Pilots Choice went to Tom Holmsley, AMA AVP, with Peoples Choice going to Todd Penca, President from Alamogordo. The CD's award (Mike Moore) was won by 3 pilots from Alamogordo all flying magnificent Corsairs in formation. They were Maurice Morgan, Michael Morgan (son), and Fred Upshaw.
There was also a drawing for prizes donated by Bitgo Hobbies and club members. Al Sigert donated an Albatross which was won by Rey Quiambao, EPRC, and Dod Fordham donated a Yak which was won by Javier Garcia of Horizon City. There were other drawing winners including Antonio Flores Jr. who won a Rascal kit and a $50 gift certificate from Bitgo Hobbies. David Blanke from Horizon City won a gift certificate from Olive Garden, and member White got a gift certificate from Applebee's.
Congratulations to the MVRCers for hosting such a fine event.
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Warbirds over Acadiana
by Jerry Walters March 31, 2018Aeromodelers of Acadiana will present it's second annual Warbirds over Acadiana event on Saturday, June 23 at their field in Breaux Bridge Louisiana. Watch their Facebook page for ongoing information.
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Alamogordo RCers, July 8, 2017
by Tom Holmsley December 5, 2017The Alamogordo RCers is a great club in New Mexico located in the cradle of American's space program. It has a beautiful year 'round flying site at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains near the White Sands National Monument, The New Mexico Museum of Space History, and Holloman Air Force Base.
Their event took place on July 8, 2017. It was well attended and lots of fun with a variety of interesting air planes.
Their officers are:
Todd Pemka, President
John Harris, Treasurer
Maurice Morgan, Safety Officer
Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club
by Tom Holmsley December 5, 2017June 10, 2017,was a great day for the Mesilla Valley Model Airplane Club in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The club was started in 1959 and is still very active today. They have an outstanding field with two paved runways and lots of shade courtesy of the City of Las Cruces.
19 pilots signed up for several fun events including a paint ball shoot-out, open flying, and drone flying.
Congratulations to the MVMAC and wish them continued success in the future.
Jerry de Long, President
Fred Upshaw, Safety Officer
Mike Moore, Contest Director
John Womack, Co-Contest Director
Texas Cloud Busters NMAD Fun Fly
by Benny Behrens August 21, 2017Mont Wright of Texas Cloud Busters sent me a brief report on their AMA National Model Aviation Day Celebration:
“Our club held an AMA National Model Aviation Fly Day on August 12th, 2017. We registered our event with AMA to commemorate and celebrate our hobby. Our club’s field is located at Jack Brooks Park, Kitty Hawk, Hitchcock, Texas. We had members, guest and family members come out to enjoy a fun day of flying, hot dogs & hamburgers and some good all Texas warm weather”.
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San Antonio Prop Busters Build N Fly Fly-In
by Ed Valls August 7, 2017On behalf of the San Antonio Prop Busters I would like to announce their Second annual "Build n Fly Fly-In". The event is for any scratch built or kit built plane. It is not open to ARF's. So, if you have a plane built from a kit or from plans then please plan on attending the event. For more information please visit : www.propbusters.org
Tri City Flyers Event Cancellation
by Ed Valls August 7, 2017Hello everyone in District VIII. I am sorry to announce that the Tri City Flyers District VIII Memorial Fly-In has been cancelled for 2017. The Tri City Flyers will reschedule the event for 2018 but will probably have a different event date.
If any of you were planning to attend we regret the cancellation. If you know someone planning to attend please advise them of the event cancellation.
President, Tri City Flyers
Charlie Spencer Memorial Fly In
by Bill Holland July 18, 2017The Shawnee Thunderbirds honored Charlie Spencer who passed away this past June by holding a Fly In at their club field on July 16th. Charlie was active all types of modeling during his life. He owned a hobby shop, was the national IMAA Safety Officer, and was an owner of Giant Scale Twins. Charlie and his wife Bev traveled all over the country and loved to share this great hobby with all. The Thunderbirds will be assisting Bev with an estate sale of Charlie's huge collection of RC equipment and planes.
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Conway Arkansas Fly-In
by Olen Rutherford November 13, 2016Tray Fowler and the members of the Conway RC Club on October 23 invited all pilots to attend their annual fly-in. Forty two pilots including myself were in attendance. The Conway Club has had a very good relationship with the Conway Parks and Recreation Department witch has giving them this flying field for many years.Put this fly-in on your list for next year.
See you at a flying field somewhere.
Arkansas Sky Tigers Fly-In
by Olen Rutherford November 10, 2016On October 15 the Arkansas Sky Tigers of Mayflower, Arkansas held their annual fly-in. In attendance were 23 registered pilots including myself. The Sky Tigers have been at their new flying field for the last couple of years. It's a great place to fly. Lance Olvey and the other club members are doing a fine job with the field. Try to join them at their event next year.
See you at a flying field some where.
Boerne Aera Model Society Earns AMA Award
by Ed Valls October 25, 2016On October 8 I traveled to Boerne, Tx. to visit with the members of the Boerne Aero Model Society (BAMS). They were having their fall club fly-in and fun fly. A significant number of the club members were in attendance and all enjoyed seeing their club members "compete" in the fun fly events like the spot landing or the bomb toss. I watched the event and truly enjoyed the playful ribbing I heard from some members regarding their "friend's" spot landing or the bomb drop (actually a small flat washer with a simple streamer attached) which was "ejected" from a Styrofoam cup attached to the top of the model. A lot of fun was had by all.
At the lunch break I had the privilege of presenting the club with the AMA Silver Leader Club plaque and certificate. To put this accomplishment in perspective, consider that there are approximately 2400 AMA chartered clubs in the United States and around the world. Of these 2400 clubs, fewer than 150 have earned either the Bronze, Silver or Gold leader club awards. Congratulations to all of the BAMS's members for this wonderful achievement.
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San Antonio Prop Busters Fly-In
by Ed Valls October 25, 2016This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural San Antonio Propbusters Build and Fly-In. This event was open to any plane built from a kit or plans. The event was not open to Almost Ready to Fly (ARF's) aircraft. With more than 20 pilots in attendance I believe all would consider the inaugural event a roaring success. Congrats to all of the members of the Propbusters. The following event report was submitted by George Wilson of the Propbusters.
Sometimes it seems like modeling is passé. In these days of instant gratification, who has time to build. The San Antonio Propbusters (SAPB) felt there were still a good number of real modelers around. To put that to the test, SAPB organized an event for modeler built aircraft.
On October 22nd, twenty two registered pilots brought out about forty hand built airplanes to show, to discuss and to fly. What a huge variety, from modest to spectacular, everyone had something to be proud of. Different was the word of the day. The construction techniques varied from traditional balsa to hot glued foam board. There was even one small electric whose primary components came out of the builders 3D printer.
The day could not have been better. The lunch was excellent and rewards were well received. The consensus among the pilots was they want to do it again next year. The SAPB hosts already have it in the planning stages.
San Antonio Propbusters
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Space City RC - Fall Warbird Fly-In
by Benny Behrens October 17, 2016On Saturday October 15th I had the pleasure to visit Space City RC Club’s Fall Warbird Fly-In along with Lawrence Tougas, AMA Presidential Candidate. Lawrence and I visited several clubs the Houston area so local members could visit with Lawrence and discuss his views and his plans should he be elected as President of AMA. Space City, located in Katy, TX was our first stop.
Space City’s Warbird Fly-In was very well attended with 35+ pilots and many visitors and spectators. Pilots from as far away as Austin, TX were at the event. Warbirds of all sizes, types and wars were represented.
The event was very well organized and run very efficiently. The club leaders and event volunteers really demonstrated a very high level of enthusiasm and excitement which was contagious among the pilots and spectators. I am sure everyone really enjoyed themselves and had a great day. Thanks to everyone for their hospitality and their efforts to make this a great and safe event….Benny
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Fort Bend RC - St. Jude Hospital Charity
by Benny Behrens October 17, 2016On Saturday October 1, 2016 I had the pleasure to attend Fort Bend RC Club’s Charity Event – Fly-In for St. Jude’s Hospital. Fort Bend’s field is located in Rosenberg, Texas (southwest of Houston).
The event was very well attended by both pilots and spectators. Visitors had the opportunity to “try their hand” flying an RC plane with an instructor. In addition during lunch there were flight demonstrations including several impressive turbine aircraft.
Fort Bend RC has a very nice facility including air-conditioned club house, restrooms, covered shade area and paved runways.
I believe everyone enjoyed the day and enjoyed the demonstrations and great BBQ sandwiches – I know I did….Thanks to all of the members that put on a well done and safe charity event.
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16th Annual District VIII Celebration of Flight
by Ed Valls October 14, 2016On September 24 and 25, 2016 the Tri City Flyers held their 16th annual District VIII Fly-In. The event is a celebration of flight and also honors and recognizes those District VIII members who have passed away during the year. This years even, as in recent years, was expertly CD'd by Frank Simas and hosted by the Tri City Flyers. Given the weather forecast, the event was considered a success and drew 37 pilots. The weather on Saturday was very favorable and a lot of the pilots got some good flying in. At the noon time lunch break Jim Rice read the names of the district VIII members who have passed away during the year and Jack Matlock then performed a short flight demonstration in honor of those lost during the year. Jim and Gary Rice also spent a lot of tie with their trainer "buddy boxing" guests.
AMA HQ. representatives Dave Mathewson (AMA Executive Director) and Ilona Maine (Safety and Member Benefits) attended and provided an update on the "state of the AMA" and addressed the status of Congressional legislation regarding model aviation. They also held a short Q&A during the Saturday evening BBQ dinner.
Jim and Linda Rice arranged for the funding for a Saturday night BBQ expertly cooked by Red Rich and his team of talented "chefs". The kitchen was expertly run by Ben and Kim Lewis with a lot of help from Ed Stout and other club members. Registration was run by Charles Roccaforte, Rick Corbell and George Sheffield.
Jim and Linda Rice also arranged for all of the pilot and raffle prizes. Many thanks to Jim and Linda for the outstanding efforts in coordinating the dinner and arranging for the prizes. I would also like to thank District VIII VP Lawrence Harville for his donation of AMA hats for the pilots prizes.
The weather forecast for Sunday was not good so CD Franks Simas called the event on Saturday after the dinner. However, he was at the field on Sunday for anyone that wished to come back and fly on Sunday. A number of the pilots did come back on Sunday and did a lot of flying.
A big congratulations to CD Frank Simas and the Tri City Flyers for another successful Celebration of Flight Fly-In.
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First Annual Tri City Flyers Warbird Fly-In
by Ed Valls October 14, 2016The Tri City Flyers (San Antonio area) will be holding their first annual warbird fly-in on Saturday October 29, 2016. This is a one day event. Registration opens at 8 AM and flying will begin after a short pilots meeting. The event is open to any warbird from any era. Planes that served in the military as well as in civilian life are eligible but they MUST be in the appropriate military color scheme (example: a Piper Cub is eligible but must be in the green or olive drab and can not be "yellow"). Any size warbird qualifies for the event (small electrics to large prop planes or turbine/edf jets). Turbine pilots must have their waiver.
For more information please see the club website at: www.tricityflyers.com
San Antonio Propbusters Fly-In
by Ed Valls October 14, 2016Hi everyone. I just wanted to remind any the AMA District VIII members in the San Antonio area of the San Antonio Probusters fly this Saturday (October 22, 2016). The event is open to any plane built from a kit or from plans. It is not open to ARF's. The event will be held at the Propbusters field in Somerset, Texas (south of the San Antonio metroplex). The event will be from 9 AM to 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. I invite you to please visit the club website (www.propbusters.org) for more information and directions to the field.
North Alliance Military Fly-In
by Olen Rutherford August 28, 2016August 8-9, 26 people from district eight including pilots and families attended the North Alliance Military Fly-In in Owatonna, Minnesota. People started arriving as early as Tuesday. The Fly-In registered 110 pilots, including myself, from twelve states and Canada. Pilots from district eight in attendance were from the OK Sooner Squadron-Gutrie, Tulsa Glue Dobbers-Tulsa, T.R.A.M.P.S-Muskogee, all from Oklahoma and the Ozark Flyers from Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Calvin Branton, CD and the rest of club members have one of the most enjoyable fly-ins around the country; family friendly and just a good time by all, a great place to fly!
See you at a flying field somewhere.
National Model Aviation Day
by Ed Valls July 27, 2016Hello everyone. I would like to remind all of you in the San Antonio area of the National Model Aviation Day Fly-In. This year the AMA has chosen to donate the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
If you are not attending an event out of town, I would like to invite you to attend the Tri City Flyers (TCF) National Model Aviation Day. Since all clubs are free to choose a charity their club would like to support, the TCF has chosen to donate all event monies to Boysville of San Antonio. If you are not familiar with their work, I would invite you to please visit their website at: (https://www.boysvilletexas.org/). They do an outstanding job of caring for young boys and girls that are at risk and the TCF is proud to hold the event to benefit their organization. For more information on the event please visit : http://www.tricityflyers.com/pls/apex/f?p=rc5:home:0
Alvin RC - 26th Big Bird Fly In
by Benny Behrens July 20, 2016On Saturday July 16, 2016 the Alvin Radio Control Model Airplane Association (ARCMAA) held its 26th annual Big Bird Fly In and 12th annual Swap Meet. This event was rescheduled from March due to a rain out. This time the weather was typical Texas mid-July – no rain but a little “warm”. The event was well attended with about 26 pilots registered along with many local RC visitors from local clubs and spectators.
The event was opened with the playing of our National Anthem while the flag was very nicely displayed from Paul Curry’s Cub – very nice way to display our flag. I believe the entire event was very well done and run very smoothly and safely.
Airplane entries were a complete cross section of airplanes in our hobby from large scale cubs to large warbirds and everything in between.
At the noon time break CD Fred Daniels held a special ceremony re-naming Alvin’s flying field to “Vance Field”. This was done to honor Phil Vance who was a founding member of Alvin RC, which was chartered by the AMA in 1974. Phil began building and flying RC planes in the early 70’s and was a continuous active key member, trustee & officer of the club until his passing in May of this year. Phil was also instrumental in the purchasing of the land in the 80’s on which the club’s field is located today. Phil’s wife and several family members were present for the ceremony.
Thanks to all of the pilots, CD Fred Daniels and all of the club volunteers that made this a great event and ceremony…Benny Behrens, District VIII AVP
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Show-Me Warbird Invitational of Missouri
by Olen Rutherford July 16, 2016The Show-Me Warbird Invitational on June 18th is sponsored by Steve Forrest. It is a fly-in to raise money for the Central Missouri Honor Flight for veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam wars. Money raised is from donations. For this year, a total of $1531 was raised, which will go to the Honor Flight program. Steve and Nancy, with the help of Lyle Vasser, put on a great event and good food from the grill. Steve has one of the best grass flying fields that you'll find in the country. In attendance were 57 pilots (including myself) and over 70 Warbirds from Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas. I am honored to be invited to this event.
See you at a flying somewhere.
Warbirds Invitational Over Arkansas
by Olen Rutherford July 16, 2016The Warbirds Invitational over Arkansas Fly-In from June 9-12th was sponsored by Tom Hammer and organized by Dale Lacander. Tom has a very nice flying field located in the northern plateau of the Ozark Mountains at Eureka Springs, Arkansas, which is a beautiful part of Arkansas to see and visit. In attendance were 46 registered pilots (including myself)from Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Indiana. With great weather throughout the event, a good time was had by all.
See you at a flying field somewhere.
by Olen Rutherford June 25, 2016SMALL, is a fly-in for all kinds of things to fly with engines-motors up to 25 size. From flying saucers to dinosaur period pteranodons, F-F, u-control and RC, they do it all. Starting on June 2ad through the 5th. Some pilots started arriving a day or two early just to have more time for the fun.
The SMALL fly-in has been a sanctioned event for 27 years. This year it was hosted by the FARM Club in Wrightsville, Arkansas and Bobby Moran CD.There were 52 registered pilots, in clouding myself, from Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and California. The event starts the first week end in June each year. Be ready next year to come out and enjoy the fun.
See you at a flying field somewhere.
Cecil Veneble Momorial Fly-In
by Olen Rutherford June 25, 2016May 30th the Flight Masters model airplane club hosted the annual Cecil Veneble Momorial Fly-In. The event to celebrate on May 19th the Fort Chaffee Redevelop Authority voted to donate 15 acres to the Club for their flying field. The Club has plans to purchase the adjacent land around the field. At 9 AM, Hardie Jefferies CD called a pilots meeting and the fun begin. There were 27 registered pilots, including myself, and former AVP Cecil Collum's grandson Anthony Thorne on the buddy box. In celebration, the Club provided us with free registration and a free catered lunch. The Club now has a very nice field with two runways and nice pavilions. They hoist two fly-ins a year, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Try to be there next year.
See you at a flying field somewhere.
Brazoria County Modelers Assoc. Big Bird Fly In
by Benny Behrens June 14, 2016On Saturday June 11th I visited Brazoria County Modelers Association Big Bird Fly In. Their field is located in Oyster Creek, TX which is near Freeport, TX. The club has a great flying field with a 600 foot paved runway and almost unlimited overfly area. The event was well attended with approximately 28 registered pilots and many spectators. After all the rain within the week prior to the event the field was dry and weather conditions were great with a breeze right down the runway. Everyone got lots of flying in and the barbeque sandwich plates were great. The club’s members did a great job of running a smooth and safe event and I believe everyone had a great time.
Warbirds Over Arkansas
by Olen Rutherford June 2, 2016Saturday, May 21, the M.A.R.K.S club of North Little Rock, Arkansas had their annual Warbirds Over Arkansas Fly-In.In attendance was 19 pilots, including myself. C D Stan Kopreski called the pilots meeting at 9:00 a.m. and the fun began. Randy Womack the club president, did a great job manning the grill for lunch.The club has ten categories, ranging from best of show to the oldest participant to fly. There is a fifty dollar prize to each class winner, chosen by a committee.
My number wasn't called for the raffle of a E-Flite Carbon-Z T-28 but Bobby Young's number was.
The M.A.R.K.S club has a well manicured grass field to fly from. Get your warbird ready and be there next year.
See you at a flying field somewhere
Checota, OK Invitational Fly-In
by Olen Rutherford May 15, 2016On Saturday, May 7, I attended the Checotah, OK Invitational Fly-In, for all types of aircraft. The weather was great with winds light and mostly down the runway. Gaines Smith, CD, called the pilots meeting at 9 oclock and the 28 registered pilots took to the air.
The Checotah field and its members are part of the Muskogee T.R.A.M.P.S club. Rick McAdoo worked with city of Checotah and the parks department and now they have a very nice grass run way to fly from.
David Beaty did a great job of organizing the event. Rick McAdoo prepared a feast for lunch, more food than we could eat! It was a very enjoyable fly-in, you could fly all you wanted, if not, your fault.
Everyone had a good time. Check out the pictures and video at TRAMPS RC.ORG web site. See you there next year.
Hot Springs, Arkansas "Spring Fling"
by Olen Rutherford April 18, 2016On April 16 I attended the Hot Springs RC Club's "Spring Fling" Fly-In. The weather didn't cooperate with low clouds and drizzle. CD Mark Smith call a pilots meeting and 19 registered pilots voted to tough it out and fly. The club has a fantastic flying field not far from down town historic Hot Springs located in the beautiful Ouachita National Forest. Hot Springs is a resort town and a great place to visit. Put this one on your list for next year.
Fort Bend RC Swap Meet and Fun Fly
by Benny Behrens April 1, 2016Looks like the event season in the Houston area is getting off to a busy start. Saturday March 26, 2016 there were several club membership meetings along with several Swap Meets and Fun Fly’s. Jetero held a Fly-In in celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Johnson Space Center RC held their annual Iron Mike Swap Meet and Fort Bend RC held their annual Fun Fly and Swap Meet.
I managed to attend the club meeting at Alvin RC and then the Fun Fly and Swap Meet at Fort Bend RC. The weather for all events in the area was great with lots of sun shine and cool temperatures. There was a little breeze but mostly from a direction that allowed flying.
Fort Bend’s event was an enjoyable and relaxed outing that saw many swap meet items, lots of flying with anything from trainers to turbines, raffle and capped off with great barbeque sandwiches. Thanks to all of the members and volunteers of Fort Bend RC that put together a very pleasant and enjoyable event…Benny Behrens, District VIII AVP Houston Area
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District VIII Memorial Fly-In
by Ed Valls November 13, 2015On October 2,3 and 4, 2015 the Tri City Flyers hosted the 15th annual District VIII Memorial Fly-In. Ilona Maine attended and represented AMA Hq. Mark Johnston, District VIII VP, was in attendance as were a number of the District VIII Associate VP's. The event was CD'd by Frank Simas and drew more than 70 pilots. We were blessed with wonderful weather and the event was a huge success. To say that there was a large variety of different types of models would be an understatement. The event featured a large number of IMAC aerobatic planes as well as some large (and small) warbirds. We had some helicopters pilots in attendance as well as a group flying control line models. Also in attendance were a large number of electric aircraft.
The field setup was such that it allowed the simultaneous flying of both RC and control line models. The Pioneer Flight Museum (our host field) had some of their World War I full scale airplanes out for display as well as a number of their other airplanes and some old and vintage automobiles were also on display.
The TCF club members provided the food and beverages for breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Many thanks to Gary and Linda Rice for "running" the food kitchen and thanks to the other TCF members for "staffing" the kitchen.
On Saturday at noon we had a pause in the flying and gathered under the pavilion while Jim Rice read the names of those District VIII AMA members that have passed during 2015. After Jim finished reading the names of those who have passed, Randy Brown performed a wonderful and flowing flying demonstration in honor of those we have lost in 2015.
Red Ritch and his wonderful staff provided wonderful food for Saturday night's AMA District VIII meeting. Many thanks to District VIII VP Mark Johnston for funding the Saturday night dinner and for hosting the Saturday night District VIII annual meeting and Q & A. A number of questions were asked regarding the FAA and it's effort to "regulate" model aircraft in the U.S. Mark and Ilona spent considerable time answering the questions posed by the fly-in attendees.
TCF would like to thank all of the pilots who attended the event. Many thanks to Frank Simas for running the event, to Linda Rice for "gathering" so many items for the pilots prizes as well as the very nice items for the event raffle. We would also like to thank Gary Rice for taking the lead in the kitchen. To the many TCF club members that worked the event we would like to say thank you and job well done.
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Boerne Area Modelers Fly-In
by Ed Valls November 13, 2015On September 19, I had the pleasure of attending the BAMS (Boerne Area Model Society) Fly-In. The event drew about 30 pilots with a variety of different types of models and was quite successful. The Fly-In benefitted the Kendall County, TX. Animal Shelter. Pilot registration "fees" were a donation of some dog or cat food or to make a financial donation.
The event had a large number of youngsters who spent quite a lot of time asking questions about the models. The BAMS club provided a number of items for the pilots raffle. Additionally, during various times of the day the BAMS club members offered "buddy box" flight instruction to many of the non pilot spectators (many of whom were youngsters). During the day the club also had a couple of candy drops for all of the youngsters.
The event was quite a success and the club was able to donate about 600 lbs. of dog/cat food and also donated some money to the shelter.
Hats off to all the members of the Boerne Area Model Society for hosting this wonderful event.